The VDSS was founded in the early nineties by members of German Saturday Schools in the London area. We operate as a voluntary organisation, relying on parents of the individual Saturday Schools to extend their commitment.
The English education system does no longer require pupils to study foreign languages beyond the age of 14, and the general opinion about the importance of learning foreign languages is divided.
As Saturday School Association, we strongly believe that being able to communicate in more than one language is ever more important in the multi-cultural society of today's Britain as well as in today's globalised world. We therefore support families who have decided to go down the often difficult and frustrating path of bringing up their children bilingually.
Over 25 German Saturday Schools operate in the UK. The first school was established in the late 1980s in London and many have been founded since. We offer supplementary education in German for children who are growing up bilingually in the UK. Usually one parent has a German-speaking background or the family has spent some time in a German-speaking country. Most Saturday Schools are parent initiatives which do not receive funding and rely on voluntary work. However, each school is different with respect to aims, ethos, organisation and community. Have a look at the map below to find information about the school nearest to you.
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